Should They Stay or Should They Go?
The border situation in the south is not only proving to be costly, but is obviously leading to quite a bit of controversy. However, ultimately locking down the border would end up leading to a much more difficult situation.
The border control issue has long been a political stance among most political contenders. People often say that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be here and are taking all of our jobs in this desperate economy that we live in today. Not only do they take the country’s jobs, but they’re also taking our health benefits and living off of welfare. The same people would also say that those jobs can easily be filled by people that are out of work since 9.2% of our labor force is unemployed. Clearly those of the 9.2% would be willing to take the jobs of the illegal immigrants, right? Wrong. Illegal immigrants are paid much less than minimum wage that citizens of this country are paid. If you were to notice, the price of fruit and vegetables are relatively low but they are also heavily subsidized by the government. If the government were to not subsidize these foods, the price would obviously skyrocket.
Now, if the workers were paid minimum wage because they were a citizen of this country the cost of the crops would dramatically increase because the workers in the fields would now make around $8 an hour instead of less than a dollar an hour as an illegal immigrant.
This is why I think we should introduce a new kind of work program to illegals that come here, but instead of letting them work here for free, they would get about a dollar an hour but the money would be taxed. That money taxed would prove to be a great revenue increase for all local, state, and national governments. According to CNN in 2004, an estimate was made of 7-20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. By now, that number has obviously increased as less immigrants are deported than illegals that come here. Regardless, the revenue made from this new program would be substantial. The government would then be collecting tax dollars off of potentially 20 more million people. Agriculture employers would then be compelled to join this program for fear of getting in trouble with the government for hiring illegals to work for them.
This could settle not only the border issue, but could also settle tax debates because the government would now have an additional 20 million taxpayers. That would be almost a new support of taxpayers that would make up 1/15th of our current taxpayer base. The numbers would only be a boost to our current slumping economy; the more the better with this program.
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